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November 28, 2008 14:40 ET

Minister of Public Safety Completes Two-Year Review of List of Terrorist Entities

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2008) - The Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Peter Van Loan today announced that the Government has completed the two-year review of the Criminal Code list of terrorist entities, and that the Governor in Council has accepted his recommendation that the forty-one entities currently listed should remain on the list.

"The Government is committed to the listing process as an important means to protect national security and counter the financing of terrorist groups and their activities worldwide. Part of the process is conducting a thorough review of the list every two years," said Minister Van Loan.

The requirement for a review is built into the Criminal Code. Entities remain listed when there are still reasonable grounds to do so.

In addition to the review, the Criminal Code also provides for an appeal process. An entity can apply to the Minister of Public Safety to be removed from the list, with provision for a review of the Minister's decision by the Federal Court.

Additions may be made to the list of terrorist entities at any time. The assessment process for possible listings is on-going. While it is not a crime to be a member of a listed entity, under the Criminal Code it is a criminal offence to knowingly deal with the assets of that group or individual. The court could also order that assets be seized or forfeited. In addition, it is a crime to knowingly participate in any activity of a listed entity that would enhance its ability to carry out a terrorist act. This offence and other related offences are set out, in full, in the Criminal Code.

The names of entities listed under the Criminal Code are published in the Canada Gazette and can found on the Public Safety Canada website at www.publicsafety.gc.ca under National Security, Listed Entities.

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